Get real, fictional heroes are truly the most inspirational

ACCORDING to half a million men, the most influential man in the world this past year was a work of fiction.

Bond, James Bond, was named top man of 2012 by readers of online men's magazine AskMen.com this month.

007's accession to number one marks only the second time a fictional character has made the top of the list - Mad Men's Don Draper was the first in 2009.

But I'm disappointed in all this.

I'm disappointed there

weren't more fictional char

acters listed in "most inspirational".

The real-life guys never stack up against those tailored to never fail.

Sure they falter, show a few cracks in their characters towards end of the second act, but ultimately they prevail, winning our admiration, saving the world and getting the girl all in a two-hour frame.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - a man I've greatly admired for years for squeezing successful careers in bodybuilding, movies and politics into his one lifetime - even goes off and has a child with one of his maids.

Lance Armstrong, admired by millions for not only surviving cancer but taking out seven Tour de France titles, has just recently been named as the ringleader in "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program sport has ever seen".

Whether or not it's true remains to be seen but the damage has been done.

That poster of Armstrong hanging in an aspiring cyclist's bedroom just doesn't have the same aura it once did.

Don't even get me started on those footy players who time after time disgrace themselves, their clubs and embarrass their fans with their disgusting attitudes towards women.

They're not worthy of the admiration of anyone.

Yet fictional characters never disappoint - never.

They're shining idols on whom we should model our own lives.

A friend of mine once said every person has an attachment to one or more fictional characters in their life.

For her, me, and so many others - it's Batman. The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader. The World's Greatest Detective.

He's an idol. I've worshiped him since I was a child. I've grown up with the cartoons, the movies, the comics, the toys, with everything.

He stands up for what's right and doesn't let his fans down.

He's the kind of man we should be looking up to, along with someone like James Bond, as influential figures.

They're called heroes for a reason - it's time more of us looked up to them as more than just works of fiction.

Topics:  opinion patrick williams

Man arrested after police pull over stolen car

Charges likely to follow early-morning find

Expect more serious cyclones, bushfires in this climate

In the past 16 years, 15 have been the hottest recorded.

Supercell hailstorm to smash city 'biggest this year'

WEATHER: Thunderstorms will hit the Central and North Burnett for the rest of the week.

Storm with stretch from Dalby to Brisbane

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Dennis Knight and the Black Cats play Club Services Ipswich Saturday night

Check out some live entertainment this weekend

Blake Lively hosts 40th party for Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively throws husband Ryan Reynold's 40th birthday bash

What's on the big screen this week

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S latest superhero Doctor Strange makes his debut.

Trump 'worked like hell' to pick up John Travolta's wife

John Travolta and Kelly Preston

Trump wrote comments in tribute to Travolta's son Jett

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E11 - top three battle it out

The Bachelorette finalists, from left, Matty Johnson, Lee Elliott and Jake Ellis.

It's Matty, Lee or Jake. Who will Georgia choose?

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?